Lita Anderson brings a wealth of experience as a professional in the fields of philanthropy, relationship cultivation, fundraising, marketing and sponsorships which has involved the development and coordination of community giving and volunteerism programs, special events, and outreach initiatives in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Lita was raised by two Masters degreed parents in a working class New Jersey home which proudly produced four college graduates, one of whom is an accomplished surgeon and another having a law degree.
Prior to joining America’s Promise Alliance, Lita was the Corporate Development Officer for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco where she was responsible for designing mutually beneficial partnerships to drive revenue and increasing awareness of Habitat’s work around affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization. Prior to joining Habitat Lita spent six years as Manager of Community Outreach for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Executive Director for the Northern California Tennis & Education Foundation. There her responsibilities involved creating and directing the overarching strategic plan for greater outreach in under resourced communities which included improving public recreational infrastructure and securing funding for community youth programs and academic scholarships.
Lita’s over 20 plus year career includes the American Express Company, the Charles Schwab Company and the American Red Cross. She has served as a board member, advisory council representative and volunteer for several San Francisco Bay Area charities. Under Lita’s direction the Charles Schwab Company was awarded its first Corporate Volunteer Recognition Award from the Volunteer Centers of the Bay Area, the highest honor bestowed on a company for its community investment strategy. She was a member of the inaugural Starbucks Bay Area Grants for Giving Judging Panel, served on the selection committee for the Volunteer Center of San Francisco Community Awards, and is a founding member of the Board of Directors for former San Francisco 49er Bryant Young’s Young Dreams Foundation. She served for many years as a sustaining volunteer with the Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland and the United Negro College Fund. Lita currently serves as a board member for the Attles Center for Excellence (A.C.E.), the vision of which is to provide a pathway to life-long excellence for Bay Area youth. A.C.E. was named for Lita’s Godfather Al Attles, legendary coach for the Golden State Warriors and 2019 NBA Hall of Fame inductee.
Lita holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish (her second language) from Rutgers University, an M.B.A. degree from the Lubin Graduate School of Business/Pace University in New York City and professional certification in Corporate Community Relations from Boston College. In addition to writing and volunteering, she is an avid tennis player. Lita’s adopted daughter Sara is currently studying esthetics at the Salon Professional Academy in Washington, DC. Lita chronicled her story in “We Found Our Daughter in Ethiopia”, an article for Redbook Magazine’s May 2007 issue and received the Women Who Dare Award from Girls, Inc. that same year for her bold effort to provide a rich and promising future to a child whose entrance into her life gave her the blessing of motherhood. Lita’s dedication extends to her nephew Joshua, a pre-med/kinesiology student at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.